Study Bachelor of Mining Engineering (Honours)

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UAC Code: 
425300
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
T3 Entry: 
Yes
Annette Au

I helped coordinate the Engineers Australia Sydney WIE Experience It! Student Conference. It's an annual event where female students in Years 9 to 12 can learn about engineering. - Annette Au, UNSW Mining Engineer alumna

A Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) at UNSW is a four-year full-time course, open to local and international students. Mining engineering studies the safe, economical and environmentally responsible recovery of mineral resources from the earth and processing these minerals into more user-friendly forms with minimal environmental impact.

The degree provides a comprehensive understanding of how complex mining systems work, the role of mining companies and the socio-environmental aspects of mining operations, both surface and underground mining. If you have an interest in mining and recognise the global need for minerals, a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering is an ideal way to put you in touch with exciting career opportunities in the mining industry. It will give you a solid foundation in fundamental engineering principles, such as mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science.

Students will explore essential elements of mining, like geomechanics, ventilation, mine planning and mine design, geotechnical engineering and mineral processing. To get you work-ready, you'll further expand these skills through 60 days of approved industry training. UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering is a leading provider of world-class education and research in mining engineering. We are ranked 7th in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018) and 4th in Australia (QS World University Rankings, 2018).

The Bachelor of Mining Engineering is accredited by Engineers Australia. It’s recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).  This degree is available for study as a double degree with options including Commerce and Law. Double degrees are a great way of graduating with a wider breadth of knowledge, better preparing you for your future career.

Once you complete your degree in Mining Engineering at UNSW, you will have opportunities to work in the field or the office; at mine sites and in capital cities. Mining engineers enjoy fruitful careers in Australia as well as overseas. You might work in technical roles such as drilling or mine planning engineer, or in consulting, project management, research and development, or with regulatory agencies. 

Sample Program Outlines*

Year 1

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1131Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141Higher Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
ENGG1000Engineering Design and InnovationA team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
ENGG1811Computing for EngineersPre-requisite: COMP1917 or COMP1921 or COMP1511 or COMP1521, or (COMP1911 and MTRN2500).

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PHYS1121Physics 1AAssumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131Higher Physics 1ACovers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.
Read moreL1 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
MATH1231Maths 1BPrerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241Higher Maths 1BStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ENGG1300Engineering MechanicsThis is an introductory subject in engineering mechanics dealing with statics and dynamics. MATH1131/41 and PHYS1121/31/41 are prerequisites.
Read moreL1 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Year 2

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH2018Engineering Mathematics 2DPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2EPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2089Numerical Methods and StatsOffered all year round. Prerequisite: MATH1231/41. For Dual Degrees with Physics, this course is a prerequisite for PHYS3112.
ENGG2400Mechanics of Solids 1Prereq: ENGG1300 and MATH1231/41. An introduction to the strength of materials: revision of statics and properties of sections.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MINE2010Mining Project DevelopmentThe course covers the life cycle of a mining project.
MATS2005Introduction to Fluid Flow and Heat TransferThis course provides an introduction to fluid flow and heat transfer which will be required for MINE3510 - Mine Ventilation.
MINE2610Mining ServicesThis course provides an introduction to electrical engineering and surveying, each of half a term in length.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MINE2810Minerals and ProcessingThis is an introductory course in metallurgical processing, designed for students with no prior training in this area.
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

 

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MINE3220Resource EstimationMINE2010 or CVEN3201 is a prerequsite for this course unless studying a double dgree. This course covers how mineral resources are estimated and modelled.
MINE3310Mining GeomechanicsMINE2310 or ENGG2400 is a prerequiste for this course.
MINE3430Mining SystemsMINE2010 or CVEN3031 is a prerequiste for this course unless studying a double dgree. This course covers the various mining systems which are used in surface and underground mines.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MINE3230Mine PlanningMINE3220 is a prerequiste for this course. This course covers the process of mine design, scheduling and evaluation used at mines.
MINE3910Socio-Environmental Aspects of MiningThis course explores the social and environmental impacts of mining.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MINE3630Rock BreakageMINE3430 is a prerequiste for this course. This course covers explosive and non-explosive methods used to fracture rocks for easier removal.
MINE3510Mine VentilationMINE2500 or ENGG2500 or MATS2005 is a prerequiste for this course. This course is about the provision of a safe underground working environment through the use of ventilation to remove air contaminant and other hazardous consequences including fires, radiation etc
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

 

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MINE4250Hardrock Mine Design and Feasability ProjectMINE3230 is a prerequiste for this course. This course takes students through a feasability study and the design of a Hard Rock mine.
MINE4951Thesis A 
MINE4310Mine Geotechnical EngineeringMINE3310 is a prerequiste for this course. The application of geotechnical engineering to solves of both underground and surface mining problems.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MINE4710Mine ManagementThe course provides an understanding of management principles and perspectives vital to a mine manager's successful running of a mining enterprise. Prerequisite:MINE3430.
MINE4260Coal Mine Design and Feasability ProjectMINE4250 is a prerequiste for this course. This course takes students through a feasability study and design of a coal mine.
MINE4952Thesis B 

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MINE4953Thesis C 
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Year 1

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1131Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141Higher Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
PHYS1121Physics 1AAssumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131Higher Physics 1ACovers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.
ENGG1000Engineering Design and InnovationA team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.

Year 2

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ENGG1811Computing for EngineersPre-requisite: COMP1917 or COMP1921 or COMP1511 or COMP1521, or (COMP1911 and MTRN2500).
MATH1231Maths 1BPrerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241Higher Maths 1BStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.
Read moreL1 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ENGG1300Engineering MechanicsThis is an introductory subject in engineering mechanics dealing with statics and dynamics. MATH1131/41 and PHYS1121/31/41 are prerequisites.
MINE2010Mining Project DevelopmentThe course covers the life cycle of a mining project.
MATS2005Introduction to Fluid Flow and Heat TransferThis course provides an introduction to fluid flow and heat transfer which will be required for MINE3510 - Mine Ventilation.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreL1 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
MATH2018Engineering Mathematics 2DPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2EPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MINE2810Minerals and ProcessingThis is an introductory course in metallurgical processing, designed for students with no prior training in this area.

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH2089Numerical Methods and StatsOffered all year round. Prerequisite: MATH1231/41. For Dual Degrees with Physics, this course is a prerequisite for PHYS3112.
ENGG2400Mechanics of Solids 1Prereq: ENGG1300 and MATH1231/41. An introduction to the strength of materials: revision of statics and properties of sections.
MINE3220Resource EstimationMINE2010 or CVEN3201 is a prerequsite for this course unless studying a double dgree. This course covers how mineral resources are estimated and modelled.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MINE2610Mining ServicesThis course provides an introduction to electrical engineering and surveying, each of half a term in length.
MINE3230Mine PlanningMINE3220 is a prerequiste for this course. This course covers the process of mine design, scheduling and evaluation used at mines.
MINE3910Socio-Environmental Aspects of MiningThis course explores the social and environmental impacts of mining.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreIndustrial Training or Exchange OpportunityGain international exposure and/or industry experience

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MINE3310Mining GeomechanicsMINE2310 or ENGG2400 is a prerequiste for this course.
MINE3430Mining SystemsMINE2010 or CVEN3031 is a prerequiste for this course unless studying a double dgree. This course covers the various mining systems which are used in surface and underground mines.
MINE4250Hardrock Mine Design and Feasability ProjectMINE3230 is a prerequiste for this course. This course takes students through a feasability study and the design of a Hard Rock mine.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
MINE4260Coal Mine Design and Feasability ProjectMINE4250 is a prerequiste for this course. This course takes students through a feasability study and design of a coal mine.
MINE3510Mine VentilationMINE2500 or ENGG2500 or MATS2005 is a prerequiste for this course. This course is about the provision of a safe underground working environment through the use of ventilation to remove air contaminant and other hazardous consequences including fires, radiation etc

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MINE3630Rock BreakageMINE3430 is a prerequiste for this course. This course covers explosive and non-explosive methods used to fracture rocks for easier removal.
MINE4951Thesis A 
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

Year 5

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
MINE4310Mine Geotechnical EngineeringMINE3310 is a prerequiste for this course. The application of geotechnical engineering to solves of both underground and surface mining problems.
MINE4952Thesis B 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MINE4953Thesis C 
MINE4710Mine ManagementThe course provides an understanding of management principles and perspectives vital to a mine manager's successful running of a mining enterprise. Prerequisite:MINE3430.
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

Last updated 4/9/19